Friday, April 8, 2011

"G" Is For Gates, As In BILL GATES (Plus Winner Of TGL!)

Last night, I was exhausted, and struggling to think of an insightful "G" post.  This morning, I awoke to an e-mail from an old co-worker (aka my second mother) that happened to say it all for me - both as a former teacher, and as a 20-something battling a world I was not prepared to enter.

In the name of Friday, I'm giving my brain a rest and sharing that e-mail below.  I'm not saying I agree with everything.  I'm not saying I don't, either.  But this is some lofty food for thought.  I feel sorry for my former students because they have absolutely no idea what they are in for.  And in many cases, neither do their parents.  I also know nobody is allowed to tell them.

If we focus on making others comfortable, we can rarely teach the truth.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.  He talks a bout how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world

Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world doesn't care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You w ill NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. 
You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.

Rule 6 : If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault,so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.  So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.  This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.  You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.  Do that on your own time.

Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.  In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Do any of these 'rules' hit home for you?  (I'm digging number four.  And the last one.  Though, I doubt you will work for me - you'll just have to read my books one day!)



Congratulations to COURTNEY LOVE, who is receiving a FREE copy of J.M. Tohline's The Great Lenore

This giveaway returns on Monday, May 2.  Be sure to set a reminder and stop back in to enter again.  All previous entries remain in tact, but participants are permitted to reenter each month until this event is over.


  1. I was lucky enough to graduate high school when these rules were still being taught.
    Every one of them hits home!

  2. Wait, I could have a carphone?

  3. They all smack of truth, but #8 is my favorite.

  4. They hit the mark pretty good in my opinion.

  5. I WON!!!!!! Wow, I'm super excited about this!!! :) I didn't think I had a chance in hell given the fact that everyone and their brother wanted to read this book! Now, to be honest, I am not an avid reader (I used to be *sigh*;) however, my interest in reading was sparked by the anticipation of Paul's book and after reading the synopsis or whatever you author's call it for The Great Lenore! Thanks to Paul for this awesome giveaway and I'm super excited to read this book!

  6. Whoa. Courtney Love reads your blog? You must be famous.

    I'm liking number 7 right now, probably because I'm ticked at my kid today.

  7. I refuse to leave the coffee shop and go get a real job. Not even Bill Gates can make me. I like my coffee, damn it.

  8. love these rules. I particularly like #5 :)

  9. Rule #8 hits home with me - so true!

    Love them all though and think they are spot-on.

    Duncan In Kuantan


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